Trumpeter Landfrey's Charge of the Light Brigade
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Played by: Trumpeter Landfrey
Recording date: August 2, 1890
Location: London, England
Record format: Edison brown wax cylinder (unissued)
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 39848
** Historical note: Landfrey was a bugler in the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaklava, October 25, 1854, of the Crimean War. On this recording Landfrey plays a trumpet that was used at the Battle of Waterloo, June 18, 1815, of the Napoleonic Wars.
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|Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava|
- 2004-06-22 11:16:13
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Subject: Trumpeter Landfrey
Subject: Martin Leonard Landfried
Martin Landfried retired as bandmaster for the 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers at Shoreham Fort, West Sussex, UK.
He left the army in 1865 and came to live in Brighton taking a job at Hannington's department store. He married his first wife, Josephine Barnes, in 1866 had 7 children, one of whom died as an infant. Josephine passed away in 1890 and he married Annie Knight. At the time of his death he was living in Portland Road Hove and his grave is Hove Cemetery.
The recording was made and distributed by the Light Brigade Relief Fund. The aim was to benefit the remaining veterans and inform the public about the bad times some of them had fallen on.
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Researched by Hilary Greenwood, Shoreham Fort historian
Subject: Not the result of General Custer-style swagger
It was a tribute to the valour of the British cavalry to press on - knowing what was present all around them. My theory is, British were not annihilated in the Balaclava battle because the Russian forces were mainly serfs and could not care less what the outcome of the battle or the war was. The Cossacks fired on their own equally as easily as they fired on their enemies in skirmishes; the only good outcome for Russia was the elimination of serfdom by the Czar because the Czar saw full well the result of compulsory servitude in war.
Subject: Trumpeter Landfried 17th Lancers
Subject: 17th lancers
Subject: One of two
Subject: info re trumpeter
See p665 of Spinks British Battles and Medals for details of chargers.
Subject: Where is your information coming from?
Yes, it is important to rate the recording for it's overall value, but you have failed to place much note on the beginning of the recording, which speaks of the circumstances surronding the charge. It is important to be able to have a first hand account of the charge of the 13th and 14th light Dragoons, and failing to note that is a grave error. This recording is important for this historical value, and is not meant to be rated for it's entertainment value. That's why it was never commercially released!
Subject: Just get on with it please...